9 posts tagged Greece

Me and my costumes, part 3

The Gypsy You've seen my Idolette look and my Egyptian costume. Now, I'll tell you about my gypsy outfit. This costume is based on the "fortune-teller" Arthur meets in The Minotaur Riddle. She's called "gypsy" in the book because that's the name popularly used and what kids would understand. However, she would actually refer to herself as Roma. The Roma are a people who were originally nomadic, which shows in today's world because you can find groups of them not just in Greece and Romania, ...

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Glorious Greek dish: Moussaka

Moussaka is a traditional Greek food dish that I tried (and my stomach LOVED) in Greece. It's a meat and eggplant dish that is sort of like a lasagna, only without the pasta. I've made this meal at home, and it came out great. To make enough for about 6 people, you'll need: 1/4 pound golden or red potatoes 1     medium size eggplant 1     pound lean ground beef or lamb 1     large onion, minced 1     tablespoon minced garlic 1     8-ounce can tomato sauce 1    ...

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It’s Greek to Me: Athens

In The Minotaur Riddle, Arthur Grey gets to visit the city of Athens. This city in Greece has been around for thousands of years and you'll find a lot of evidence of this. The Panathenaic Stadium was used for Olympic games as far back as 330 BC! It's been renovated over the centuries and was used for the modern Olympics that Greece hosted in the 1800s and again in 2004. The Parthenon is a site famous the world over. It's suffered a lot over the centuries and had pieces taken away to museums ...

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It’s Greek to Me: good eating

Anyone who knows me knows that good food is one of my favorite things. So when I visited Greece, trying the local food wasn’t an option -- it was a must. And I was NOT disappointed! Not a fan of greens? Then the classic Greek salad is for you -- it has no lettuce, instead it’s made of a delicious combination of fresh tomatoes, olives, onions, feta cheese, cucumbers, peppers, and sometimes croutons or salty capers, all tossed in an olive oil dressing. Kebabs are another popular dish in ...

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Fauns? Oh, bee-hive!

Besides lions, there are plenty of other amazing sights to see around Greece. One is the ancient and NOT reconstructed beehive tomb that might've belonged to King Agamemnon. This round tomb has a huge stone above the doorway and no one knows how the builders got it there when it weighs about as much as a 747 airplane! The next photo is not ancient, but it's still cool. In one hotel I stayed, they had a chess set with fauns, centaurs, and gods as the pieces. And they knew how awesome this set ...

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No lions here…?

Since the latest Arthur Grey book takes us to the Mediterranean, I thought it'd be cool to focus my posts on my own trip there. On a tour I took, the guide assured us that there are no lions in Greece and there probably never have been. But strangely enough, lions are very present in the ancient artwork there. Besides the numerous lion statues and art I saw in the museums in Greece, I saw quite a few silent lions out on my wanderings. The Lion Fountain in Heraklion has lions featured promin...

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Photo(s) of the Day: 3 Naughty Kittens

Okay, so there are four kittens here, not three. Here's the story behind these little guys. I was at an outside restaurant and happened to look up at the building in front of me. I saw this window right above the patio roof, with four black and white kittens poking their heads out, mewing and looking for their mom. Shortly after I took this photo, mama cat jumped up onto the patio's tin roof and shooed her kittens back inside. Cats roam wild all over Greece. On top of parked cars, under ...

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It’s Greek to Me: 9 ways to say what you mean in Greek

The great thing about speaking English is that most non-English countries make it a point to learn English. So you never feel like you need to learn a different language when you travel. We’re rather spoiled that way. But I try to learn some important vocabulary when I go to a country that has its own language. I’m pretty nerdy in that I made my own little booklet of Greek words. The people of Greece are very friendly and proud of their history and culture (and a long and complex history it ...

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Visiting Knossos

The ancient city of Knossos (pronounced k-NOHS-sohs on Crete) was rediscovered by Sir Arthur Evans in the early 1900s. He found amazing pieces of art and pottery in the maze-like city. But what Knossos is probably most famous for is the legend of the Minotaur. I was lucky enough to visit the ruin of Knossos. Admittedly, I was a little disappointed that most of what’s there isn’t original, since Sir Evans had a LOT of reconstruction and repainting done. But it was still an amazing place. ...

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